Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 001 (Moon Patrol)

Welcome friends to the first episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. I’ve also included some vintage audio treats that pertain to the game for this show which is Moon Patrol!

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook page!

For more information on the Bootleg games I mentioned on the show be sure to visit Earl Green’s Phosphor Dot Fossils site!

I also certainly hope you will share your own memories of not just Moon Patrol but your favorite arcades in the comments section. Thank you for your listening time and have a great weekend!

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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10 thoughts on “Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 001 (Moon Patrol)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    So glad to have you share your arcade experiences in podcast format with us, Vic!

    And great pick to launch your show.
    Moon Patrol made its mark for me with its easy entree into gameplay, which was both rewarding and oddly soothing (maybe its parallax background, as you mention, had something to do with that).

    Yeah, it didn’t cause an anxiety attacks like big hits Defender (DOA mere seconds after plunking my quarters in that one) or Robotron (lasted a bit longer, very top-notch sound design made it a must-play – death was swift, unforgiving and painful to watch as survivors felled to giant brains and frankenbots and…I digress…)

    Loved playing this in my local cheap-eats spot, which had three cabinets, at most (Rockola titles filled the gap).
    Something about walking into a diner with so few machines, you end up being at-one with your gaming experience, no competing attract modes for distraction, singular mission in mind (in this case, patrolling the Earth’s satellite, defending its airspace, jumping your groovy space buggy away from terrible terrain trouble).

    Loved it so much, got the VCS port. Impressed that they kept the valley and buggy colors from the original. Had lots of fun. I do believe it remained in my top ten cart stack, near the Atari console, for quick access to missions of space defense (along with Starmaster’s treks, Megamania’s hallucinatory space rain and Asteroids’ drifting-in-the-Falcon).

    And about Arkadia: sorry to hear about the table version of Moon Patrol.
    I am, though, bemused that there might now be Cat Hair Verification in the checklist for incoming cabinets.

    Great ep, buddy!
    Looking forward to more!

  2. Thank you for the kind words, Atari!

    You are totally right about the focus you could lavish on games in diners or in my case a local pizza place. Megamania…love that game SO much. Though I have to say that after having played Astro Blaster I noticed a striking similarity. :D

  3. Kurt says:

    Definitively looking forward to this podcast! Interestingly enough, Moon Patrol was one of the games that I most enjoyed playing the last time I was at Arkadia.

  4. QUE_NADA says:

    You want me to give you some constructive criticism? Let me know.

    I watched this video with the sound turned down while I listened:

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